This was the first course i released online in 2017. It is a collection of 4 courses and that is why i have called it “The Complete Mainframe Professional Course”. It is my attempt to teach Mainframes to those who have no experience in Mainframes.
Mainframe Course Overview
This mainframe course is divided into the following parts.
- Introduction to Mainframes
- JOB Control Language
- Introduction to CICS
Let me expain in detail what you will learn in each section.
Introduction to Mainframes
This section is an introduction to Mainframes for those who have no knowledge of Mainframes. So, you will learn all the important information related to Mainframes. Such as the History of the Mainframes, the Technologies used on the Mainframes, the IBM system 360 and much more.
TSO stands for Time Sharing Option. TSO allows multiple users to connect to a Mainframe at the same time. In this section i will explain all the major TSO commands on a Mainframe.
ISPF stands for Interactive Services Productivity Facility. ISPF is a menu-driven interface. It allows the users to interact with a Mainframe using a hierarchical set of menus. ISPF also have its own set of commands. In this section i will explain all these commands in detail.
JOB Control Language – The Scripting language on a Mainframe
JCL or JOB Control Language is the scripting language used on a Mainframe. JCL can submit jobs to the system. A JOB is one unit of work. So, we can submit a JCL to compile a COBOL program and run it using JCL.
VSAM stands for Virtual Storage Access Method. In this section i will explain all the major VSAM datasets such as KSDS, ESDS, RRDS and LDS.
COBOL – The most used programming language on a Mainframe
COBOL stands for COmmon Business Oriented Language. It was developed in 1960s specifically for business users. In this section i will explain in detail the syntax and uses of COBOL. You will be able to write a COBOL program on your own after completing this section.
Introduction to CICS – The only Mainframe Course which teach this topic
CICS is the transaction server on a Mainframes. It stands for Customer Information Control System. This server can run applications on a Mainframe. CICS is explained in this section.
This Mainframe course is available on Udemy. You can watch video preview of this course by going to the following link:
The course is available at the link: TSO-ISPF course
I also have articles on how you can complete the Master the Mainframe challenge. This challenge teaches you a lot about Mainframes as well. You can find these articles at the following link: MTM solution.